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Taurus-designer Telnack Replacing Retiring Kopka as Design VP

May 18, 1987 GMT

DETROIT (AP) _ The chief of the design team credited with creating Ford Motor Co.’s aerodynamic Taurus-Sable will become Ford’s vice president for design, the nation’s second-largest automaker said Monday.

John J. Telnack, Ford chief of North American design, will succeed Donald F. Kopka, who is retiring June 1. Joseph A. Kordick, general manager of Ford parts and service division, also will become a vice president while retaining his present responsibilities.

Kopka spent 23 years as a Ford product designer and became a Ford vice president in 1980.


Telnack has been chief of North American design since 1980, where he led the team that designed the successful Taurus-Sable mid-size cars. He previously served Ford in Europe and Australia.

Kordick has been parts and service general manager since April 1985.